CFIA Standard Container Sizes Removed – AIRS to be Updated

Trade Update • July 27, 2022

s of July 6, 2022, standard container sizes were removed for some foods as a result of the Food Product Innovation initiative. AIRS will be updated to reflect this change. In the meantime, you can consult the Food Product Innovation: summary of changes for a list of foods that are included in this regulatory amendment. Until this update is complete, please follow the following steps:


For affected importers receiving an electronic rejection notice for a missing Ministerial Exemption, the following interim measure has been implemented:

STEP 1: Cancel your Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) submission made using the Integrated Import Declaration

STEP 2: Prepare a paper declaration, using Form CFIA/ACIA 5272 – Request for Documentation Review – Canadian Food Inspection Agency (, and include all required documentation

STEP 3: Submit a copy of your paper package to the National Import Service Centre (NISC) via e-mail at and include ‘Ministerial Exemption’ in the subject line for prompt processing


The Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) shows the import requirements for Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulated commodities.

Access the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) (opens in new window) and follow the series of drop down options that include:

  • the Harmonized System (HS) classification
  • origin
  • destination
  • end use and miscellaneous qualifiers pertaining to the commodity for import

What to consider when using AIRS:

  • importers should consult Acts as passed by Parliament to interpret and apply the law
  • AIRS is only for reference
  • AIRS information is updated frequently
  • importers are responsible to ensure their information is accurate at the time of importation

For questions about ministerial exemptions, contact a CFIA office by telephone

Source: Government of Canada

For questions about CFIA regulated imports/exports please contact us.


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